The battle for Castle Greyskull on the planet of Eternia,
key to the control of the entire universe, is led by the hugely-muscled
He-Man with his companions Teela, her father Duncan, known
as Man-At-Arms and wily dwarf and inventor Gwildor. Allied
against them and determined to gain control of the war-torn
planet is evil megalomaniac Skeletor with his henchmen Blade,
Saurod, Beast Man, Karg and Evil-Lyn. When He-Man and his
followers are accidentally transported to earth by the mysterious
Cosmic Key, they enlist the help of teenagers to try to return
of the Universe
is a very strange choice for release on DVD. It has aged badly
and, like the Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles movies, only
ever had a limited shelf life in the first place.
movie is visually impressive, for the most part. However the
costume designer should be taken out and shot for plagiarism.
Skeletor's goons are wearing Darth Vader's helmet and did
I spy a Bobba Fett style helmet too? Also some of the music
(much like John William's score for Star Wars) openly
steals chunks of Holst's The Planets Suite.
are some interesting additions to the cast. Not only is this
Courteney Cox's first movie, but it also stars Robert McNeill
(who went on to play Tom Paris in Star Trek: Voyager)
and James Tolkan (who you may remember played Strickland in
the Back to the Future movies)
Gary Goddard's commentary is interesting. He has a great anecdote
about the cameo played by a competition winner who won a part
in the movie - but ended up dressed as a Pig Boy guard in
the closing scenes. He also tells how the movie was nearly
never made as they had to close down production before the
movies final scenes were filmed.
when it was released in 1987 kids flocked to see it. However,
I doubt it will appeal to that many people today.
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